posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 07:47 PM
reply to post by Trajan
The 'rankings' are not worth the page space they are given. You cannot simplify a nation's military capability into a 'Top Trumps' of numbers Vs
numbers. Technology, historical military achievements and psyche come into it.
Technologically, in military terms, they are possibly leading the world, or at least at the forefront. Behind most significant 'exotic' military
technology programmes, you will find Israeli minds, this includes projects in the United States also.
Israel have shown in the past that they are very methodical planners. Their actions in the 'six day war' were planned for 2 years in advance, down
to minute details. They have one of the top 3 intelligence agencies in the world. Their armed forces are highly trained and highly experienced.
Whichever side you take, you must acknowledge that they are 'operational' as frequently as the US, perhaps more so, if you take the several past
decades into consideration.
Israelis are brought up feeling that they are the under-dogs and everyone in the world hates them. This makes them exceptionally dangerous in times of
war, they are very aggressive fighters, fuelled by the knowledge that so many of their relatives perished under helpless circumstances in Nazi Germany
and they are personally responsible for that never being repeated.
Lastly of course, Israel has in excess of 300 undeclared nuclear warheads.
I am sure Israel enjoys the irony of it's placement on your rankings list. After all, it is wise to be seen weaker than you actually are.
"By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War" -Motto of Mossad.